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Recruiters spend just 6 seconds reading each job application, so it’s important to make your CV stand out from the crowd. And in a world where data literacy is one of the most in-demand skills in the workplace, your CV should reflect your ability to convey information in a clear, useful way.

As a recent graduate in a data-focused role, I’ve found that an interactive CV is much more impressive to a prospective employer than the standard PDF or Word document. Why tell recruiters you’re a Tableau wiz when you can show them?

Charts are more readable than lists

Use a Gantt chart to make your timeline easy to understand. Unlike lists, Gantt charts call attention to the most important items on your timeline. The viewer can see the shape of your career at first sight, then hover over each bar to read the details.

You don't have to sweat the details

With an interactive CV, you no longer have to choose between clean design and detail. You can keep the design simple and use tooltips to let the viewer dive into the details as they wish.

You can link to your LinkedIn profile

You’ll almost certainly want to link to your LinkedIn profile. Depending on your use of social media and the type of jobs you’re applying for, you may also want to link to your Twitter profile as well. This is a great way to give the viewer a sense of your personality. But don’t just stop there! In cases where you want to include multimedia – to feature your portfolio assets, for example – you can add YouTube videos, Wikipedia pages and even music to your CV.

You can show off your design skills

Let’s be honest, you really need an interactive CV to show off your data-presentation skills. Your CV is a unique chance to show your creativity and ingenuity, so think carefully about how you want to present yourself to recruiters.

Check out this viz gallery for more examples of Tableau CVs.

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